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Potato Diet for Women?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Hello! I have been looking into this whole "potato diet" thing, and even though it is pretty much a fad, I want to try it out, just to see how it goes! With that, I have been doing more research, and I seem to find a trend that the most success is in men.

So, I am wondering if there are any females out there with a success story for the potato diet?

Also, does anyone know if yams and sweet potatoes are okay too?

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on July 09, 2013
at 06:22 AM

Yeah, do not worry about counting. I would eat 2-3 potatoes whenever I was hungry, and I would get just about 900 calories a day.

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(26217)

on July 08, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Jeein, eat as much as you want. Don't worry about counting. The "secret" to the potato diet is after two or three days you cannot stomach eating any more potatoes, and you end up in a massive calorie deficit while maintaining adequate nutrition

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on July 08, 2013
at 12:35 PM

Any updates on you guys' results?

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

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on June 12, 2013
at 04:05 PM

That's awesome! I know, it definitely puts a damper on social life. But it gets so much easier after the first day or two. I did it for four days last week and went from 140.8 to 135.8. Bounced back up a couple pounds over the weekend due to some heavy imbibing at a festival, but didn't return to my starting weight (which would indicate that all of that weight loss was just water/temporary). I'm back at it this week so we'll see..

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on June 06, 2013
at 06:54 AM

Well, I did it for 5 days, and I stuck with both white potatoes and some yams the whole time. I lost three ponds, and I felt great doing it! It wasn't as drastic as I had hoped. It was a nice kind of 'reset' though, to get me away from craving sugar and eating out of boredom! I am still planning on trying it for the full seven days, with strictly white potatoes, it is just very challenging to maintain a social life when I can only eat one thing. :P

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on May 24, 2013
at 10:17 PM

That is exactly the same as me! I am also keeping a detailed log of all that I am eating, and ratios, so at the end of the week, I will probably put up a post of all my findings! It is very frustrating that all these things that work well with men just cause such stress to the female body. :P

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

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on May 24, 2013
at 07:11 PM

Amen! I'm two meals in and it's the weirdest thing - I'm perfectly full and not hungry for anything else, but my brain keeps reaching out for things that sound good, in vain. I guess that's the high satiety/low palatability thing. Good luck! My nutritionist told me to cut out the IF'ing (I was trying it for weight loss as well) as it's often too hard on the body and will cause it to kind of lock down, especially for women.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Potatoes can actually sustain life for a long period of time, since they provide just about all the necessary nutrients, even complete protein. I am only doing this for about a week, and the diet allows eating as many potatoes as I want, so I am not starving. If it doesn't work, then I won't do it again, but I just want to try it out of curiosity, since it seems to work very well for men.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:46 PM

I am on day two, and I am only going to try it for a week or so! I am in the same boat as you, and I tried low carb for about a month and I felt pretty lousy, with no results. IFing didn't seem to work very well, unless I did it occasionally, but usually I would just feel weak and lightheaded. I just want to try this out for the heck of it! I know it won't kill me!

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Potatoes are very nutritious, and 5-7 days won't kill me.

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:20 PM

It's ok. We forgive you.

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:14 AM

Sorry I apologise again for my ranty answer below. If I could delete it I would.

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on May 24, 2013
at 07:02 AM

What exactly is a potato diet? Do you just eat 2,000 calories worth of potato? That'd be like going to the grocery store and getting 80 potatoes to eat every week... sounds a little extreme / unsustainable / kind of awesome.

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:41 AM

Eat real food, a fad?

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 24, 2013
at 12:30 PM

Okay, so this is not a completely crazy idea. There are quite a few threads on Marks Daily Apple with people trying it. It started when a potato farmer decided to eat nothing but potatoes for some time (30 days?) and improved all his health markers. (He did it as a protest in response to the government saying it would remove potatoes as a veggie you can buy with food stamps).

It also dovetails with the Shangri-La diet idea, that you can change your body's response to food by boring it to death for a little while.

I've also looked into it, and I have to say that I have yet to find a female success story.

If you are looking for an eating plan to mix up what you are doing, and break a set-point in weight, I highly recommend this one:

http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/support-files/SIBO-gut-healing-protocol.pdf

It is very restrictive. Not that you can't eat a variety of meats and veggies, but for the first few weeks absolutely nothing sweet. It kind of makes me crazy and I start to hate meat after the first week! But I always lose weight when I do it, and heal all my crazy gut pains, twinges, and colic.

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:00 AM

If losing and maintaining lower body-fat is a matter of:

  1. Being well nourished.
  2. Hormonally healthy.
  3. Metabolically active.
  4. Energy balanced.

Then in my mind it is about eating the most nutritious foods you can find in quantities large enough to increase the sum of the chemical reactions (metabolism) for life, of a type the does not effect your hormone production negatively or are difficult to consume in relation to energy balance.

So honestly, why not for the 5-7 days just try eating MORE nutritious food overall, and amounts MORE then what you were eating before, of a selection that are best for hormonal balance. Then since your body is now being fed like it is a high performance life giving engine of chemical reactions fulfilling repair and growth tasks driving you to be more active, triggering cascades of growth and repair hormones up-regulating growth and repair of body-tissues, detoxifying pathways then... you might be of better health at a lower weight rather then possibly having both lower health and lower weight.

For the life of me I do not understand why people do not get the point that for body-recomposition you want to do everything you can to INCREASE the energy output of the body and it's use of energy rather than reducing it's metabolic turnover by dieting.

Rant over.

I apologise but I just get annoyed (not at you directly) but when I keep reading this sort of thing. If someone's body composition appears to be "unsettled" then it means there is a matter of health and habits. Health is poor, habits are poor. Interestingly change either one of those and the other follows suite.

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7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

on June 06, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Hi Christina! Curious to hear how your potato diet is going/went? Particularly with regards to weight loss.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on June 06, 2013
at 06:54 AM

Well, I did it for 5 days, and I stuck with both white potatoes and some yams the whole time. I lost three ponds, and I felt great doing it! It wasn't as drastic as I had hoped. It was a nice kind of 'reset' though, to get me away from craving sugar and eating out of boredom! I am still planning on trying it for the full seven days, with strictly white potatoes, it is just very challenging to maintain a social life when I can only eat one thing. :P

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:05 PM

That's awesome! I know, it definitely puts a damper on social life. But it gets so much easier after the first day or two. I did it for four days last week and went from 140.8 to 135.8. Bounced back up a couple pounds over the weekend due to some heavy imbibing at a festival, but didn't return to my starting weight (which would indicate that all of that weight loss was just water/temporary). I'm back at it this week so we'll see..

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7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

on May 24, 2013
at 03:29 PM

So funny that you posted this. I'm a woman and started the potato diet this morning! Have been working closely with an ancestral-health nutritionist and have been eating paleo for over a year, but I am SO STUCK at my current weight/measurements. I have about 20 pounds to lose to hit my goal weight, and I'm doing the potato diet as a way to hopefully shake things up. This is after trying PSMF with no results, which I think confirmed that I definitely do better on a higher carb diet than a low carb one. I feel like this is more often the case for women than men. My nutritionist seemed to confirm as much.

IF you wanna fritter away a couple hours: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread72366.html

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 24, 2013
at 06:46 PM

I am on day two, and I am only going to try it for a week or so! I am in the same boat as you, and I tried low carb for about a month and I felt pretty lousy, with no results. IFing didn't seem to work very well, unless I did it occasionally, but usually I would just feel weak and lightheaded. I just want to try this out for the heck of it! I know it won't kill me!

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 24, 2013
at 10:17 PM

That is exactly the same as me! I am also keeping a detailed log of all that I am eating, and ratios, so at the end of the week, I will probably put up a post of all my findings! It is very frustrating that all these things that work well with men just cause such stress to the female body. :P

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on May 24, 2013
at 07:11 PM

Amen! I'm two meals in and it's the weirdest thing - I'm perfectly full and not hungry for anything else, but my brain keeps reaching out for things that sound good, in vain. I guess that's the high satiety/low palatability thing. Good luck! My nutritionist told me to cut out the IF'ing (I was trying it for weight loss as well) as it's often too hard on the body and will cause it to kind of lock down, especially for women.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

(111)

on July 08, 2013
at 12:35 PM

Any updates on you guys' results?

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on July 08, 2013
at 09:25 AM

I decided to start the potato diet today but i'm not sure how many potatoes a woman should consume. So about how many potatoes did you all eat per day in order to lose the weight you lost?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 08, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Jeein, eat as much as you want. Don't worry about counting. The "secret" to the potato diet is after two or three days you cannot stomach eating any more potatoes, and you end up in a massive calorie deficit while maintaining adequate nutrition

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on July 09, 2013
at 06:22 AM

Yeah, do not worry about counting. I would eat 2-3 potatoes whenever I was hungry, and I would get just about 900 calories a day.

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:11 PM

I have never heard of a potato diet until now. I'm not sure of its effectiveness because some diets work better for others. I don't think eating a variety of potatoes would be good for your health because of the amount of starches and the nutrition amount you'd be receiving from this diet. I believe in getting nutrition from a variety of foods. However if you decide to try it out, make sure you are getting your nutrients and perhaps talk to a dietician before you try out this diet.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 24, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Potatoes can actually sustain life for a long period of time, since they provide just about all the necessary nutrients, even complete protein. I am only doing this for about a week, and the diet allows eating as many potatoes as I want, so I am not starving. If it doesn't work, then I won't do it again, but I just want to try it out of curiosity, since it seems to work very well for men.

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on May 24, 2013
at 07:29 AM

i bet there are no success stories for such a BS. you are on a paleo forum and asking for a diet full of potatoes? are you going to kill yourself girl?

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 24, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Potatoes are very nutritious, and 5-7 days won't kill me.

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